Virginia Wade recalls when she, Roger Federer sat down with Queen Elizabeth II



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Virginia Wade recalls when she, Roger Federer sat down with Queen Elizabeth II

British tennis legend Virginia Wade described Queen Elizabeth II as a "totally down to earth" person and revealed that Roger Federer was "completely taken with her" when they met the Queen in 2010. On Thursday, the Royal Family announced that the Queen passed away at the age of 96.

During her lifetime, the Queen made four visits to The All England Club - in 1957, 1962, 1977 and 2010. In 2010, Wade and Federer were among a few selected who had the honor to sit down with the Queen at a lunch table.

Wade: The Queen was so intelligent, Federer was completely taken with her

“I was fortunate to be invited to Buckingham Palace in a very small group with the Queen," Wade told the PA news agency.

"I was very lucky when the Queen came to Wimbledon in 2010. We sat at a small table at lunch. There was Roger Taylor, Ann Jones, Angela Mortimer. I think there were only eight of us. Roger was completely taken with her. She was so intelligent, just on the ball.

Every meeting you have had with the Queen has been unforgettable. I’ve had quite a few who just shook hands and didn’t say anything, but it was really special to get to know them in a small way, to see that on the other end there was a real person and no airs and graces.

She was the most important woman in the world and she was totally down to earth. She had a very good sense of humor and she was very warm, but I don’t think she could take any nonsense”. In 1977, Wade captured her first Wimbledon title after beating Betty Stove in the final.

During on-court trophy presentation, Wade was presented the trophy by the Queen. In the same interview, Wade revealed that knowing the Queen was coming to Wimbledon inspired her run to the 1977 Wimbledon title.